Happy Birthday Aer Lingus – Celebrating 80 Years

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Aer Lingus this week celebrated 80 years of flights. On 27th May 1936, the airline launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on this day in 1936.

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To recognise this incredible milestone, Aer Lingus has flown the Iolar, a replica of the a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon which made that first journey with only five passengers, to Bristol once again, 80 years later.

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Things have changed somewhat since 1936. While its first aircraft might only have had the capacity to accommodate six passengers, the national airline now boasts a fleet of 62 aircraft and connects 12 million people from Ireland and across the world to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe and North America on a fleet including their brand new fully flat business class cabin.

The airline has a long heritage of connecting passengers across the atlantic. Starting back in 1958 Aer Lingus’ flew its first transatlantic flight from Dublin and Shannon to New York. 2016 in particular is a standout year for transatlantic growth as Aer Lingus introduces three new direct routes to North America – Los Angeles, California which began on 4th May, Newark, New Jersey which will commence on 1st September and Hartford, Connecticut on 28th September.

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